Published at Tuesday, 06 March 2018. Floor Lamps. By Germaine Frappier.
One of the best reading lamps in the world was also designed circa 1920. It has been highly imitated but it still remains unchallenged. The Bridge Arm Floor Lamp or Bridge Lamp has a typical floor lamp design with metal base and upright standard which can take the form of various types of decorated tubing, twisted iron rods, etc. At the top of the standard is a decorative cast metal arm with a graceful arc or curvature which ends with an electrical socket pointing downward and covered by a fabric or glass shade.
The central light takes a 3 way bulb (low-medium-high) that is often a MOGUL size which is larger than a standard socket with higher wattage (100-200-300 watts). The three arm lights are controlled by a switch that can turn on separately just 1, 2 or all 3 of the arm lights. Further, many of these JUNIORS had a small light under the base which provided a very subtle night time floor light operated by a foot switch mounted on the side of the base.
For the power. Mainly, a floor lamp is used to highlight pieces of art or important pieces inside a room. But if your plan involves illuminating the entire room, purchase a lamp that utilizes higher power bulbs. In this way, you can achieve brighter light compared to lower power bulbs. Just remember to be very careful in using high wattage bulbs and never use one that is not recommended for the lamp. It is always advised to do your research beforehand so you will be able to buy a lamp that is able to accommodate the kind of lighting you want rather than fixing up a used floor lamp and risking potential hazards.
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